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Romeo and Juliet, Act 3 Scene 5.

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Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare In Romeo and Juliet, Act 3 Scene 5, Shakespeare provides a dramatic representation of a parent child relationship at crisis point. Juliet's parents threaten to disown her and fight against her will because she has not agreed to marry her father's chosen groom, Paris. The irony is that she has secretly married Romeo, who has murdered her cousin Tybalt. For the murder, Romeo has been banished to Mantua and they have just spent their first and only night together in Juliet's bedchamber. Juliet deceives her parents through verbal ambiguity and the audience are also aware of the dramatic irony of Lord Capulet trying to assert paternal control even though she is no longer his property. At the beginning of Act 3 Scene 5, Romeo must say farewell to Juliet after spending a night together in Juliet's bedchamber. As he has been banished to Mantua for killing Tybalt, the very prospect of staying in Verona is risking death. But, for Romeo, true love is worth risking the possibility of his execution. This is ironic, because we know, as mentioned in the prologue and from Juliet's prophetic vision of Romeo lying dead in a tomb, that he is destined to die anyway. Romeo also mentions subsequently after Juliet's persuasion: "Let me be tane, let me be put to death" is Romeo's sarcastic expression informing Juliet "very well, I will be put to death", just to please her. ...read more.


The audience have an advantage as they can see everything that takes place between all the characters, such as the secret marriage between Romeo and Juliet, for example, where as Lady Capulet cannot and simply assumes she is weeping for her murdered cousin Tybalt. This part of the argument is significant because an immense strain is put on the parent/child relationship as Juliet is not being completely honest with her mother as her mother does not know about her marriage, and her concealed feelings for Romeo. Death and conflict is also mentioned in this scene. Another strain is also put upon Juliet, when her mother declares Romeo a 'villain' for when he 'slaughtered' Tybalt: "As that villain lives which slaughtered him...that same villain Romeo" From Juliet's perspective, her mother is criticising her secret husband and consequently putting pressure upon their relationship. However, from Lady Capulet's perspective, she is simply mocking the family's life long foe and does not know how much pain she is causing her daughter who has feelings for her victim. Shakespeare intensifies the strain on the parent child relationship when Lady Capulet begins to encourage Juliet to accept her forced marriage to Paris when she says: "Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn, the gallant, young and noble gentleman, The county Paris...make thee there a joyful bride". ...read more.


try and persuade him otherwise: "Good father, I beseech you on my knees, Hear me with patience but to speak a word." Lord Capulet has already agreed the marriage and must make her comply otherwise great shame will be cast upon the Capulet house. His only method to alleviate the crisis remaining is to threaten disown her: "I tell thee what: get thee to church a' Thursday, Or never after look me in the face. Speak not, reply not, do not answer me!" Shakespeare is using the fear of Lord Capulet's shame to dramatise the crisis of the parent/child relationship at crisis point. The very threat of disowning Juliet was, in Elizabethan times the 'final straw' as the very thought of living on the streets to a young girl was worse than death. This is ironic, because we know that both Romeo and Juliet are destined to die, as mentioned in the prologue. In conclusion, Juliet has not been truthful to her parents and their fear of shame that she refuses to marry brings the relationship crisis to a head. Shakespeare dramatises the relationship between parent/child at crisis point by making extensive use of elliptic/dramatic irony and emphasising the physical dominance of Lord Capulet over the rest of his family unit. Shakespeare uses the benefit of the audience's hindsight to provide a dramatic representation. 10th January 2004 George Edwards GCSE English 10CIM ...read more.

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